Who we are:
We are an historic parish located just north of downtown London, Ontario. Our church has been growing at the corner of St. James and Wellington streets since 1888 following 2000 years of Christian service and spiritual nurture. Our diverse congregation gathers on Sundays and other special occasions to sing, to focus, and to support one another so that we can continue the everyday work of shining light into our world through acts of compassion. We have many volunteer and community groups throughout the week with a place for everyone from children to retirees! Please feel free to join us and ask any questions as you search for a congregation with whom to nurture your spirit and make a difference in the world.
What is an Anglican?
Some 35 years ago when he was rector here at St. John’s, the Ven. Ray Farrell produced a booklet called What is an Anglican? The Worship Committee has spent considerable time in editing, updating, expanding, revising and illustrating the booklet, which we hope will be a valuable resource to you in determining what you are as an Anglican. It can perhaps sharpen your perception of what Anglicanism actually is and help to inform your non-Anglican friends concerning our faith. We have posted this booklet online and invite you to read it to learn more about Anglicanism.
As a people of God, we choose to express our faith through interactive worship and dynamic ministry, and to utilize our financial and human gifts with responsible stewardship to compassionately and actively care for and serve our parish, our community, and anywhere God calls us.
St. John’s was founded in 1864 making us one of the oldest parishes in London. We have been worshiping in our current building since 1888 and there are a number of beautiful and unique architectural and decorative features. We recently celebrated our 125th anniversary with a series of events celebrating our parish life over the years. We continue to add new stories to our history each year and everyone is welcome to join us in making new memories.
For more information, you can read the new Visitor’s Guide about the history and architecture of our church.
We have over 30 different groups in our church that allow you to participate in volunteer activities ranging from community outreach, participation in worship, spiritual discussion groups, church operations and community fellowship. We have a number of outreach programs that work to help improve the community. For example, volunteers at our Saturday Evening Hospitality Program provide a free, healthy meal to Londoners in need and donations to our Clothing Cupboard can help our guests stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
With groups geared towards children, teens, adults and seniors with a wide range of experiences and interests you can be sure that there will be a place for you. High school students are able to receive community service hours for participating in many of our volunteer activities. Our Volunteer page has more information about the opportunities available.
Whether it is the birth of a new child, the marriage of two partners, or the passing on of a loved one St. John’s offers a range of liturgical support and celebrations for all the important events in your life.
If you are looking for a warm, inviting location for a Wedding or Same-Sex Union; if you are looking to take the next step of on your faith journey through Baptism, First Communion, or Confirmation; or if you need a supportive or solemn place for a funeral or celebration of life, St. John’s is able to provide the support you need.
For more information about how St. John’s can play a part in your life events, please contact the church office or speak to one of our clergy.